Where has the time gone? Comments on the chapter are back (forthright, to the point and exactly what I’ve needed for the past, I dunno, 2.5 years). I met with my lovely advisor today and she was very impressed with the sheer amount of work I’ve managed to compress into 6 months. “Now if you could just narrow the focus a bit more…” Well I did. last night, after a marathon 4 days scouring 8 Questions in the Summa Theologica, and can safely say I have a very original piece of PhD in progress. Heavens, it made her excited about the prospect, so I may be onto something here. Still, there are corrections, amendments and extrapolations needing to be made (and boxes to pack).
Also, the FFIL arrived an hour ago, so the next few days are going to be quite busy, I’ve just got on a roll! (Don’t you hate it when that happens?!)
In knitting news, meet Gilthoniel. My second and modded version of the Amanda Hat, knitted in Malabrigo Worsted Paris Night.
Gilthoniel was the surname of one of the Valar, Varda Elentàri. She is more commonly known by her Elvish name: Elbereth Gilthoniel – Queen of the Stars, and was Tolkien’s nod to the Stella Maris. This colourway just reminded me of a clear night with a full moon and stars dotting the heavens. It is by far my most favourite Malabrigo colour.
MODS: Cast on 69 stitches instead of 83 (pattern is multiples of 7 +6), knitted pattern to spec, and added a final row of k2togs in the crown. Beautifully snug, and shows the stitch definition wonderfully. If I wanted this a bit longer, I may have added an extra row or two in the second and third garter stitch repeats (now there’s a though for the next time.
This is a wonderful pattern. It took me the duration of the Men’s final at Roland Garros to whip up, I finished it just before Federer won his first French Open. Simply Magic.
If you need a hat pic this one!
In other knitting news, I’m a quarter of the way around the hemlock baby blanket with the applied i-cord cast-off. I like it. It was incredibly terrifying at first, but I really see potential here. Also, I’ve 3 inches to go on the shoulders for the RTA, and then onto the front and sleeves. The bulk of the works seems to be done, but I remain wary of the sleeves curse. I just want to wear it now, so that is incentive enough.
Time to go. Theology to read, mythopoeia to analyse. Stuff to knit.